The ten glittering jewels that form the Atlantic archipelago of the Cape Verde islands lie approximately 1400km south of the Canary Islands and 500km from Senegal on Africa's west coast.
As the nearest tropical islands to western Europe, Cape Verde enjoys a year-round tropical climate, crystal clear waters and a surprisingly diverse range of landscapes for such a small area of land.
This area of our site is dedicated to delivering all the information you'll need to find out about the Cape Verde islands. Visit our image galleries and find out more about - the climate; holidays, festivals & events; the economy; politics; flights & investing in property.
Each island has its own physical characteristics, with the three easterly islands of Sal, Boavista and Maio offering miles of pure white sandy beaches and an almost entirely flat landscape with very little vegetation and no mosquitoes!
The seven westerly islands of Santiago, Sao Vicente, Santo Antao, Fogo, Brava, Sao Nicolau and uninhabited Santa Luzia are completely different with breathtaking mountains and lush valleys full of colourful vegetation, but still with beautiful beaches.
The islands were uninhabited until they were discovered by the Portuguese in 1456 and subsequently colonised in 1495. Over the centuries, African blood (brought by the slave) trade mixed with European to result in today's friendly Cape Verdean people who speak a blend of Portuguese, Creole and English.
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